9 Ways To Give Back On Your Big Day
Hopefully your wedding day will be one of the happiest days of your life – so let’s spread the love a bit further. I am, of course, talking about involving a charity in your wedding day. If it’s something you’d love to consider, but you’re not sure how to do it without your guests feeling overtly pressured for money, we’ve come up with some other ways that will allow you to give back. It’s nice to be nice!
If you’d feel awkward asking your guests outright for money in the invite, why not set up a charity service on an online giftlist? There are loads of providers out there who allow the option of donating to charity as a gift, alongside your coffee machines and egg huts. More often than not, they hold all the donations until after your big day – so that the final amount is donated and in your name too.
Honour those who can’t be with you on the day with a photo wall. Stick photos to wall or mirror or hang them on fairy lights, alongside an accompanying note as to which charity would really benefit from a donation in their name.
Host a tea party with any leftover wedding cake. IF you’ve got any wedding cake left, liaise with local charities who engage in outreach programmes for the elderly – for example, Contact, the Elderly hold monthly tea parties in the community, where disconnected elderly people come together to chat and laugh and chew the cud. Why not see if your wedding cake could be part of such a special time?
If you can bear to part with your dress, send it to the lovely people over at Gift of A Wedding. Find your local dress ambassador and pop it along to them, so that when a seriously or terminally ill bride requires a dress in a short space of time, yours can be the proverbial Cinderella shoe.
Alternatively, send your wedding dress to be made into a set of memorial dresses for stillborns or newborns who have sadly passed away. Cherished Gowns are, in fact, so overrun with charitable lovelies that they have 6,000 dresses on their waiting list – they’re speeding through them, however, and are aiming to open up their books again by January.
Think about hosting your wedding in a venue where the revenue goes to charity. Many buildings are (sometimes surprisingly) run by or connected to not-for-profit organisations. Searching for this kind of venue can also lead you to a wild and vastly unexplored area of wedding venues, but they’re none the less stunning. Places like Scout’s meeting huts or Victorian schools could be a match made in heaven for your big day. Northorpe Hall is a great example.
- Save your flowers and take them to a nursing or care home for others to enjoy. Appoint someone as official Head of Flower Department and give them strict instructions to gather all of the flowers after the wedding and keep them somewhere, hydrated, overnight. Prior to the day, make some enquiries with local homes to see if they’d like the donation of some of your gorgeous arrangements, and then you could even go along to the home with them the day after to talk about your day and young love. That’s what people want to hear on a Sunday morning, right?
Use your hen or stag do to help a charity in need. You could use a big event like the Shine Walk as part of your do, but if you want to stay a bit closer to home, you could host your bridal party for cocktails and crafts. You could make up anything – care packages for orphans, blankets for the homeless, or letters for care homes.
And, of course, source supplies which already include a charitable donation in the price. For example, Dick Beau do some boob and willy themed pocket squares, with a 10% donation to Cancer Research –you’ll wear them with an enormous sense of pride. Furthermore, keep an eye out for suppliers who vehemently support a cause close to your heart – the extraordinary The Bridal Emporium in Leeds held their 2nd Showcase in September, with a charity raffle raising money for Alzheimers’ UK (with some SERIOUS prizes going…your full hair, make-up, engagement photoshoot and £150 off the price of your wedding dress, anybody?). This way you can your dream wedding with ideal suppliers, and still help another person out. Amazing!
Why not comment with your own ideas to give back to charity below.
Written by Ellie Kime